The custom in Japan is to sleep in a futon very thin, only about 6 centimeters, on the tatami itself or a mat on the floor. This millennial habit reflects the importance that space has for this culture: by day, it folds and collects in a moment, thus leaving greater freedom of movement. And is that in Japanese houses the minimalism It is a constant priority, linked to the search for comfort and functionality.
Although it may seem, a priori, a bit shocking to sleep almost directly on the floor without a mattress In the meantime, many people have already joined this bed variant using a futon. It is not absolutely incompatible with comfort, because today there are surplus materials on the market that prioritize comfort, such as viscoelastic foam, made from flexible polyurethane. It is a good method and is less risky for the back than if we start sleeping directly on an authentic Japanese futon. The latter are usually filled with materials such as beans, wheat or small plastic balls, something we are not used to.
Among the many advantages of these tatami beds, we highlight its versatility, since as soon as the futon serves as a bed or sofa or another space to accommodate; its price: they suppose a cheaper alternative that the traditional beds; They are practical: with them you get a better use of space in the rooms; and, finally, for children they are safer, being closer to the ground.
As a disadvantage, we can highlight that the cotton of the futons absorbs moisture, so in summer heat can pass, unless a special cover is placed for this type of mattress.